Do All Cookbooks Need Photos?

by Matt on November 8, 2010

Earlier this morning food writer and NY Times columnist Melissa Clark tweeted this:


Now as a photographer and someone who gets paid to photograph recipes and cookbooks you might think that my answer is a solid YES. But it’s not. I believe that great writing like Melissa’s can be enough, photos don’t always have to support a recipe. When they work together it’s magic, and sometimes a photograph can help a written recipe for a myriad of reasons (maybe it’s complicated, an unknown method, foreign title, etc.)  So now I’m curious and would love to know what you think!

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Patrick Del Rosario November 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

For me I think No, not all cook books need photos, because if the writer expressed her experiences clearly on the book, the consumer would buy that book.

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